Smart Tips To Design A Kid-Friendly Home
Children and clutter go hand-in- hand which can make maintaining your apartment or house a real challenge. If you have children, that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice on style. Take a look at these tips for putting together rooms that will stand up to family life and still look fascinating, comfy and inviting.
MAKE SPACE FOR KIDS
Create zones in every rooms for your children to do the things they enjoy. After all, part of making your home family-friendly is welcoming kids and their toys into shared rooms instead of relegating them to bedrooms and basements. Leave an area where your little ones can sing and dance, or install a cozy nook where he can read his favorite books.
Dog hair, dust, spills, crumbs and dirt are typically part of family life. Ease the cleaning process by keeping things simple. Install washable flooring like vinyl, laminate, wood, and tile. If you want to incorporate carpet in your space, you might want to consider an amazing carpet design.
Natural fiber rugs, like jute or seagrass, as well as outdoor/indoor rugs that are easily cleaned and durable are all great options for family rooms.
To kid-proof your paint job, choose a washable paint sheen. A paint color in semigloss, satin or eggshell will easily clean up with mild soap and a rag. You can also go with flat paints – the ones that allow for damp sponge clean-up. Magnetic, dry erase and chalkboard paints can be found in the nearest home improvement store to create a wonderful opportunity for kids to draw on the walls.
Long curtains that pool beautifully on the floor? They are not a good option. Instead, opt for simple roman shades or wipeable wood blinds.
I think that we all have had the experience of watching our toddler fall, or near-miss the corner of a coffee table. To create the home a safer place for our kids, we should consider poufs, an upholstered ottoman or round table in place of a traditional rectangular coffee table. If you can’t afford a new table, you can turn your wooden rectangular table, into a beautiful DIY upholstered ottoman easily.
Leather sofas, slip-covered furniture and sunbrella fabrics are all great solutions for your family furniture. Furniture that is made of stain-resistant fabric is the most kid-friendly. Also, remember that darker furniture is also a better option than lighter furniture.
If you want your home to feel inviting, welcoming and warm for everyone in the family, then you should incorporate a gallery wall which features both kid and grown-up artwork. Make sure to place the fragile knick-knacks and cherished accessories up high on bookshelves or mantels, out of reach of curious little hands. The decors that include elements from nature (i.e. pine cones, driftwood, shells), candlesticks or chunky wooden bowls, etc., tend to be kid-friendly.